Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2004 20:17:55 GMT
From: Malcolm Mason <mwm1(delete)nopsamedu>
Subject: Feeding of a Saab Aero


My 92 9000 has gone to Valhalla or wherever noble Saabs go. After almost 200k miles he did yeoman service. The local Saab dealer knew of me and of "Sven" and his advancing age and called to offer a 2000 9.5 Aero at a price that I could not believe. He took "Sven" but who knows what will happen to him. I know I was offered my "new" vehicle because of their "recent" model certified policy and a 2000 did not fit their paradym. I have two questions: (1) The manual gives a range of 87 to 93 AON octane. and then recomends 90 for 2.3t engines and 93 for Aero and V6 engines. I was sure that all 9.5s were turbos and that there was a hot engine as well as the standard turbo.Please enlighten me. Further, will this engine only operate correctly on premium fuel. It is a serious up-charge for premium and virtually no cars here in the US require premium fuel, possibly as a result of envbironmental agency compliance. What "formula" will keep my new child happy and healthy? (2) The new child has yet to be named and he deserves a good Swedish name. Sven was his predesessor. Gunnar comes to mind. So did Thor or is that Tor? But the unfettered power that Thor implies does not seem to fit a proper Saab. All suggestions would be gratefully received, especially from those who are familiar with Swedish nomenclature. Thank you all, as always. Malcolm

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